Visual and "phonetic" coding of movement: evidence from American sign language.

@article{Poizner1981VisualA,
  title={Visual and "phonetic" coding of movement: evidence from American sign language.},
  author={Howard Poizner},
  journal={Science},
  year={1981},
  volume={212 4495},
  pages={681-3}
}
Hearing subjects unfamiliar with American Sign Language and deaf native signers made triadic comparisons of movements of the hands and arms isolated from American Sign Language. Clustering and scaling of subjects' judgments revealed different psychological representations of movement form for deaf and hearing observers. Linguistically relevant dimensions acquired modified salience for users of a visual-gestural language. The data indicate that the modification of natural perceptual categories… CONTINUE READING

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